Contemporary Romance

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The Soulmate Equation

So if a DNA-based matchmaking company promised to match you with your dream partner based on your DNA, would you do it? No more left and right swipes, no more guessing and hoping for the best. In The Soulmate Equation by Christina Lauren, Jessica Davis decides to give it a try and ends up with a nea ...

B+
A Reluctant Attraction

Anyone with a cable TV subscription has at least one channel that involves watching attractive and skilled characters do some kind of home renovation. That's the theme behind Rosanna Leo's Handymen series with a trio of brothers, Michael, Eli and Nick Zorn who have successfully parlayed their skills ...

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The Seat Filler

A dog groomer (Juliet) does a friend a favor and ends up sitting next to her biggest celebrity crush (Noah), who she pretends to not know at all. They hit it off, he ends up hiring her for dog care, they fall into something north of lust and south of love and the truth comes out. Will they be able t ...

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Rosaline Palmer Takes the Cake

Following the recipe is the key to a successful bake. Rosaline Palmer has always lived by those rules—well, except for when she dropped out of college to raise her daughter, Amelie. Now, with a paycheck as useful as greaseproof paper and a house crumbling faster than biscuits in tea, she’s teete ...

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With the Lights On

Jackie Ashenden is great at writing hot sex scenes, and you’ll find those aplenty in With the Lights On. Unfortunately even a sexy romance needs a plot, and with too much narration and too little momentum, With the Lights On is a low-watt bulb. Under the name Honey, Maggie makes a living workin ...

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Wet and Reckless

Wet and Reckless is book four in the sexy contemporary Private Pleasures series by Samanthe Beck, and it’s filled with the same hot good times as the previous books in the series. Roxy Goodheart is a musician, but she’s gotten herself into a spot of trouble. Having shoplifted her own guitar f ...

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People We Meet on Vacation

People We Meet on Vacation is a novel about a wanderer and a homebody, and how their friendship changes through a dozen years of summer trips. Poppy and Alex have been best friends since college, despite being an odd couple pairing. Poppy wears loud clothes and desires adventure, and Alex is a sw ...

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Daybreak

Kate Hawthorne’s entry in the Vino and Veritas series is a fairly short one; you could call it a long novella or a short novel, depending on how you want to look at it.  Daybreak is an opposites-attract story featuring mechanic and widower Jasper Cunningham (whom we met in Jay Hogan’s Unguarded ...

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A Reluctant Boy Toy

I enjoyed the first two books in Z.A  Maxfield’s Men of St. Nacho’s series, so I was happy to pick up the third, A Reluctant Boy-Toy for review.  I admit the title did give me pause for thought, but I like the author’s work so I pushed ahead, and for the first two-thirds or so of the book, t ...

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The Insiders

By Tijan
The Insiders starts a new series by Tijan about the dramatic lives of the rich and famous. It's an underdog story about a relatively ordinary girl who gets caught up in a world she never expected to be a part of. While it's a page-turner, I had a few issues with the substance of the book. Bailey ...